The Man behind The Belt

The Beginning

Barry Elwood grew up in Los Angeles where self-defense was crucial due to widespread gang activity. Even as a young man, in order to survive these violent surroundings, he started trained in boxing and martial arts. Barry Elwood started training in Kenpo Karate in 1967 in Glendora & Pasadena, California and was one of the early students taught by 7th Degree Black Belt– Senior Professor Dave Hebler and Sr. Grand Master Ed Parker, the founder of American Kenpo Karate.

He received his black belt on April 12, 1975 in Pasadena, California at Ed Parker’s Original Kenpo Karate Studio. Barry Elwood has been involved in Kenpo and other styles of martial arts for over 40 plus years. He has participated in all aspects of the Arts including Boxing, Karate, Wrestling, Muay Thai, Weapons, Forms, Full Combat Tactics and holds numerous honors in the martial art world. From this he has established himself as a highly respected Kenpoist and teacher of this art today. In the year 2000 Elwood’s Valor Self-Defense was established in Reno Nevada. At that time Barry Elwood had bestowed upon him by his peers the rank of tenth degree “Grand Master” of His new Valor System. Today, Barry Elwood continues to carry on the Kenpo legacy with the same high standard and belief that was taught to him in those small studios in Glendora & Pasadena California where it all began